We really love the Midlands at Ancient Ireland Tourism because there is so much to see that many visitors often overlook. But for a close second to our nearest and dearest, you can't beat Donegal for raw and unspoiled beauty.
Do you know where this picture was taken? Well we already gave the hint so yes, it is in Donegal, but what is it and where? The structure is a court tomb as opposed to a portal tomb because t has a surrounding "courtyard" to the tomb.
This particular site is a hidden treasure which we stop at on our Northern Adventure, and is known as the Cloghanmore Court Tomb. Not far from the picturesque village of Glencolumbkille and between Malin Beg and Malin Mór, this site is not well marked but actually in plain site across from the Woolen Factory.
Court tombs were used by ancient Irish as community gathering places. They were aligned with the identity of the local clans and brought together the living and the dead of the community. Unlike portal tombs, they did not necessarily mark a boundary and were often immersed in the middle of community life such as in an agricultural field.
Besides Glencolmbkille nearby which hosts an excellent Folk Village and language school, nearby sites to visit include the Silver Strand at Malin Beg as well as Malin Mór. There are also portal tombs to see near Malin Mór as well as at Croghbeg on the way back to Killybegs along the R263. Not far from the village at Glencolumbkille you can find the Farranmacbride court tomb and if you are heading north, by all means stop by the abandoned village of Port, arguably one of the most picturesque places in Ireland.